President Higgins praises generosity of organ donors
President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the generosity of organ donors, saying too many people die each year waiting for the transplantation of scarce organs.
The President thanked donors and their families for providing the greatest possible gift to others. He stressed that, however sensitive the issue may be, society must not avoid discussing the fundamental questions raised by organ donation.
"Some of those questions may be of a moral, ethical kind. Indeed, the technologies and practices of organ donation and transplant surgery have a profound influence on the ways we conceptualise the human body, how we relate body parts to the whole, to the person.
"And we must face all of these questions so that we are able to build magnificently on the generosity of donors and relatives," President Higgins, pictured, said.
Speaking at the National Commemorative Garden for Organ Donors in Salthill, President Higgins described organ donation as an act "of incredible solidarity".
The President had earlier joined more than 1,000 members of the organ donation community at the Irish Kidney Association's 29th Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at Galway Cathedral.
It was the association's first time in almost 30 years that the service was held outside of Dublin.